The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employers are increasingly looking for mechanics with a broad skill set obtained from a degree, diploma or certificate program at a technical or community college. Some employers also offer apprenticeships and classroom learning opportunities that students can use to augment formal training to prepare for a career in industrial machinery.
Schools with Industrial Machinery Maintenance Programs
Industrial machinery programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)**|
|Pinellas Technical College||Clearwater, FL||2-year, Public||Apprenticeship||$5,020|
|Grand Rapids Community College||Grand Rapids, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $3,833; In-state $7,681; Out-of-state $11,174|
|Metropolitan Community College||Kansas City, MO||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $3,120; In-state $5,520; Out-of-state $7,140|
|Blackhawk Technical College||Janesville, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $4,364; Out-of-state $6,647|
|Waukesha County Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $4,405; Out-of-state $6,271|
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $4,407; Out-of-state $6,512|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
There are many points to consider when looking for an industrial machinery mechanics school.
- Students should seek industrial maintenance programs that provide hands-on training in an array of mechanical, electrical and technological areas.
- Prospective industrial machinery mechanics also might look for programs that offer training in industrial safety, blueprint reading and employability skills, such as interpersonal communication.
- In addition, students also might research whether a program teaches industry standards set by the American Welding Society or the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
- It is an option to complete a certificate, diploma or apprenticeship; program lengths may vary depending on the type of credentials sought.
Certificate or Technical Diploma in Industrial Maintenance
Certificate and diploma programs in industrial maintenance typically take 9-12 months of full-time study to complete. These programs usually don't have general education requirements. Aspiring mechanics also might obtain certificates of competency in specific areas, such as welding.
Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance
Associate degree programs in industrial maintenance usually take two years to complete and typically require general education courses, in addition to industry-specific ones. Of the liberal arts requirements, applied math and physics are relevant for the would-be industrial mechanic's career.
Industrial maintenance mechanics may appeal to employers because they have a wider range of skills; they can prepare to enter the field by completing a certificate, diploma or apprenticeship. These options are available at many community colleges, and many programs can be completed in one year of study or less.